[n] a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
[n] an official document granting a right or privilege
[adj] clearly apparent or obvious to the mind or senses; "the effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the parched fields"; "evident hostility"; "manifest disapproval"; "patent advantages"; "made his meaning plain"; "it is plain that he is no reactionary"; "in plain view"
[adj] (of a bodily tube or passageway) open; affording free passage; "patent ductus arteriosus"
[v] make open to sight or notice; "His behavior has patented an embarrassing fact about him"
[v] obtain a patent for; "Should I patent this invention?"
[v] grant rights to; grant a patent for